I know Ursula the British Shorthair is keen on Pilates. But is it good for her? Should cats do Pilates? Are there associated health hazards? To mention only the obvious ones, might 3 hours of Pilates per week trigger arthritis, anxiety, cat flu, alopaecia, hypertension or psoriasis? Might it hasten catopause?
My cat sits on the mat five minutes before the online class begins.
Ursula sees her role not as a fellow student but as my supervisor. In the photo below she critiques my breathing and wills me to relax my shoulders as I do the bridge.
Of course I appreciate her help, even when her own technique is, well, not always perfect. However, Pilates is designed for human metabolism and biped anatomy, and this practice may be causing her actual harm. As her brow-beaten owner I need to know whether to permit this activity: because should cats do Pilates, or not? Am I overthinking?
Please advise. My motives are impeccable: my only concern is for Ursula’s well being. By assisting me she puts herself at great risk of being squashed, and we wouldn’t want that, would we?